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The Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in Pueblo, CO from January 29 – February 1, 2019 at the Pueblo Convention Center.

This year’s theme is “Graceful Transitions: Understanding Factors that Motivate Human Behavioral Change to Benefit Wildlife Conservation”. Check back for updates! Featured events at the conference will include:

  • Plenary Session: Graceful Transitions (Understanding factors that motivate human behavioral change to benefit wildlife conservation, and communicating science to diverse stakeholders)
  • Fostering Sustainable Behavior Pre-Conference Workshop (January 29)
  • Great Plains Symposium and Chico Ranch Field Trip (January 30)
  • Camera Trap Workshop (January 30)
  • StoryShed Workshop (January 30)
  • Contributed papers and IGNITE session
  • Welcome social (Celebration of Public Lands), poster session, awards banquet

QUICK LINKS

Venue and Lodging | Call for Abstracts | Meeting Agenda | Workshops | Symposium | Field Trip | Photo Contest | Abstracts | IGNITE Session | Awards | Sponsors | Registration

 


VENUE AND LODGING

The Courtyard Pueblo Downtown Marriott at 110 West City Center Drive in Pueblo, CO 81003 is offering a special group rate of $94 USD per night for January 28, 2019 through February 1, 2019. These rooms can be reserved through January 7, 2019 to receive the special group rate HERE.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Please consider giving a talk, poster presentation, or IGNITE presentation at this year’s meeting! We invite you to present an oral presentation (traditional format) or poster on the topics of wildlife research, ecology, management, conservation, education, or policy at the 2019 annual meeting of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society.  All topics are welcome, and we strongly encourage students to present.  All student presentations will be considered for the “best presentation” and “best poster” awards, which include a gift certificate and recognition at the end of the conference.

For a call for submissions and additional information on formatting and topics, please click HERE. For an abstract submission from, please click HERE, which can be used to submit an abstract for any format of presentation. Please download and save the fillable abstract submission form PDF and then email it to Marcella Tarantino. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to January 10, 2019. For more information, contact Marcella Tarantino.

MEETING AGENDA

Information will be updated as it becomes available. The tentative agenda is available HERE.

WORKSHOPS

CCTWS will host three workshops at the 2019 meeting, including a Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop (January 29), Camera Trap Workshop (January 30), and a StoryShed Workshop (January 30). Information will be updated as it becomes available for the 2019 meeting.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior Pre-Conference Workshop, Tuesday January 29, 2019, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This workshop introduces Community-based Social Marketing, a five step approach to motivating human behavioral change.

Presented by Doug MacKenzie-Mohr.

Cost is $100 for members, $175 for non-members, and includes lunch and an afternoon break.

Wildlife professionals deeply devote ourselves to the conservation of wild species and lands and have recognized in the last three decades the essential and profound need to develop more sophisticated science-based methods to understand the human dimensions of our discipline and interface with the public and diverse stakeholders. A sustainable future for wildlife in Colorado depends on the strategic actions of wildlife professionals engaging with these diverse audiences. Human behavior is center stage and unless we become different, we will expect to see more habitat loss and fragmentation and wildlife population declines, as the human population pushes deeper into the “woods”. At the 2019 annual meeting, the CCTWS membership has the opportunity to gain a skillset that empowers us to sway, influence, inspire and impact the public and other constituents. Doug McKenzie-Mohr has 25 years of experience in catalyzing human behavioral change through a method he calls community-based social marketing. For more information, please click HERE.

Camera Trapping Workshop, Wednesday January 30, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm — FULL

This workshop helps participants gain skills in using camera trapping and is divided into a morning field session and an afternoon photo analysis session.

Organized by Nathan Seward and Chris Mettenbrink of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).

Cost is free to attend and includes a lunch and afternoon break, and the workshop is limited to the first 25 people to register. Workshop is now FULL and registration is closed.

Morning field trip 9:00 – 12:00 with Nathan Seward and Kevin Blecha, CPW.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch break at Pueblo Convention Center.

Afternoon analysis session 1:00 – 5:00 Managing photographs and analyzing camera trap data with Jake Ivan (CPW), Eric Odell (CPW), and Eric Newkirk (CPW).

The use of remotely triggered wildlife cameras (i.e., camera traps) to monitor and assess wildlife populations is a growing technique in the field of wildlife management. In the morning, participants will experience a half day field outing on the pros and cons of remote cameras, installation, and factors that influence detection rates. A common issue with camera studies is how to store and archive hundreds or thousands of photos that must be identified and transformed in to data format for statistical analyses. Colorado Parks and Wildlife researchers, Dr. Jacob Ivan, Eric Newkirk, and Eric Odell, will host the afternoon workshop sharing CPW’s new Microsoft Access Photo Warehouse which allows users to import photos and image data,
and conduct basic queries allowing the user to view and filter a subset of photos by study area, species, and season. This allows the user to produce input files for common analyses such as occupancy, abundance, density and activity patterns using Programs MARK, PRESENCE, DENSITY and the R packages ‘secr’ and ‘overlap.’ A basic understanding of remote cameras and Microsoft Access is required.

StoryShed Workshop: Writing into the Wild, Wednesday January 30, 2019, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presented by Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Dean, School of Environment and Sustainability, Western Colorado University and Dr. Gavin Van Horn, Director, Cultures of Conservation, The Center for Humans and Nature.

Workshop is free to attend.

Registration for this workshop is not necessary.

Writing well requires listening with one’s whole body. This workshop will engage participants in a sensory conversation with the wild worlds that flow around and through us. Gavin Van Horn and John Hausdoerffer, walking guides and co-editors of Wildness: Relations of People and Place, will lead the group through a series of invitations and writing prompts focused on slowing down, quieting overactive analytic minds, and deepening bodily attention to the wild landscape and other-than-human beings. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the relationship between inner and outer wilds, hone basic tools for attending to our senses, and make use of practical writing exercises that can awaken us to how our own stories are connected to place.

SYMPOSIUM

Great Plain Wildlife Management Symposium, Wednesday January 30, 2019, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

This symposium explores a diversity of wildlife management challenges and opportunities on Colorado’s eastern plains.

Organized by John Hughes and April Estep.

The cost is free and includes lunch at the Pueblo Convention Center at 12:00 pm.

In this symposium a diversity of speakers will explore the wildlife conservation partnerships on a landscape with mosaic landownership. Updates on species conservation of swift fox, black-footed ferrets, prairie dogs, and lesser prairie chickens will be covered. Also a presentation on creating pollinator habitat will focus on private landowner initiatives. Further, the symposium will feature federal and state agency cooperative programs with private landowners, scuh as the PFW program, the landowner assistance program partnerships, and efforts by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Following the Great Plains Wildlife Management Symposium, participants may elect to join the Chico Ranch field trip. While the field trip is an extension of the symposium space is limited to the first 25 people who register and the field trip is full. The number of participants in the morning symposium is not limited.

FIELD TRIP

Chico Ranch Field Trip, Wednesday January 30, 2019, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The field trip is linked to the Great Plains Symposium.

There is no cost to attend the field trip but space is limited to the first 25 people who registerThe field trip is now FULL and registration will be for the Great Plains Symposium only.

PHOTO CONTEST

We invite you to submit a photograph at the 2019 annual meeting of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society, to be judged by popular vote. Photographs can be from work or recreation, and categories include Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish; Birds; Invertebrates; Mammals; Game Camera; Human Dimensions; Landscapes and Still Life (including flora); and Creative/Comedic. Each conference attendee may submit up to three photographs and there is no fee to submit a photograph. Winners will receive a prize.

To submit a photograph, please print your photograph(s) in an 8 inch by 10 inch format and drop it off at the registration table when you check in for the conference, and bring a submission form. Label the back of the photograph with the following information: category, photograph title, entrant’s name, phone number, and e-mail. Photographs cannot be framed or displayed on a mat board. Please also send a digital copy of the photograph and a filled out copy of the photo contest submission form to Marcella Tarantino. For the submission form,
please click HERE.

ABSTRACTS

For a call for submissions and additional information on formatting and topics, please see the Call for Abstracts. Abstracts will be available upon selection.

IGNITE SESSION

Our popular IGNITE session will return as well as our Friday morning oral presentations covering a diversity of wildlife projects in Colorado. Please consider giving a talk at this year’s meeting!
For a call for submissions and additional information on formatting and topics, please click HERE. For an abstract submission from, please click HERE, which can be used to submit an abstract for any format of presentation. Please download and save the fillable abstract submission form PDF and then email it to Marcella Tarantino. The abstract submission deadline is December 15, 2018. For more information, contact Marcella Tarantino.

AWARDS

We will honor our members at the annual awards ceremony. Please consider nominating a colleague!
Awards that will be presented at the 2019 annual meeting include:

  • Douglas L. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Achievements in Wildlife Sciences
  • Professional Achievement in Wildlife Administration
  • Professional Achievement in Wildlife Research
  • Professional Achievement in Wildlife Habitat Management
  • Honorary Chapter Membership
  • Allen E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Wildlife Undergraduate Student
  • Jim Olterman Scholarship Award
  • Chapter Service Award
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Blown Blunderbuss Award

For details, please visit the CCTWS Awards webpage. Nominations are due to Michelle Cowardin by December 21, 2018 for all of the above awards except the Allen E. Anderson Award and the Jim Olterman Scholarship Award. The Allen E. Anderson Award and the Jim Olterman Scholarship Award nominations are due to Jesse McCarty by January 4, 2019.

SPONSORS

Wednesday January 30th’s Opening Networking Event/social is co-sponsored by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Other meeting sponsors include Brues Alehouse and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Thank you to our sponsors! Interested in sponsoring an event? Contact CCTWS President Patrick Magee!

REGISTRATION

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 15, 2018
On-line meeting registration is open. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 15, with registration for the meeting only costing $170 for members, $185 for non-members, and $110 for students and retired professionals (all options listed below). After December 15, registration costs will increase to $200 for members, $215 for non-members, and $140 for students and retired professionals for the meeting only. If you miss online registration, you may register in person at the CCTWS table in the hotel lobby outside the conference rooms (open 7:15 am to 12:00 noon on Tuesday and Wednesday). Non-member meeting registration is $15 extra but includes a 1-year membership to CCTWS. See the list of registration options below. The Camera Trap Workshop and Chico Ranch Field Trip are FULL and registration for those options is closed (registrations for the Great Plains Symposium will be for the morning classroom session ONLY). All conference registrations include the banquet, and additional banquet tickets can be purchased. The banquet on Thursday night will have three meal options of Black and Blue Steak, Salmon, or Stuffed Peppers with Marinara Sauce (a vegetarian option of peppers stuffed with rice and vegetables). Please choose one option at checkout. If you have dietary needs, please specify at checkout or email Chris Mettenbrink with those restrictions.

DONATE TO THE JIM OLTERMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING EFFORT!

For more information on the scholarship and the fundraising effort, please click HERE.





COLORADO CHAPTER MEMBER REGISTRATION OPTIONS

(1) MEMBER CONFERENCE ONLY – $170


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(2) MEMBER CONFERENCE & FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (Jan 29th) – $270


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(3) MEMBER CONFERENCE & FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (Jan 29th) & GREAT PLAINS SYMPOSIUM (Jan 30th) – $270. Registration for the field trip is closed and will only be for the Great Plains Symposium morning classroom session.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(4) MEMBER CONFERENCE & GREAT PLAINS SYMPOSIUM (Jan 30th) – $170 . Registration for the field trip is closed and will only be for the Great Plains Symposium morning classroom session.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(5) EXTRA BANQUET TICKET (Jan 31st)- $35. Banquet ticket comes with conference registration. This option is for an additional banquet ticket, which requires a separate PayPal transaction from registration options.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending



NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION OPTIONS

(1) NON-MEMBER CONFERENCE ONLY – $185. Includes 1-year CCTWS membership.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(2) NON-MEMBER CONFERENCE & FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (Jan 29th) – $360. Includes 1 year CCTWS membership.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(3) NON-MEMBER CONFERENCE & FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (Jan 29th) & GREAT PLAINS SYMPOSIUM (Jan 30th) – $360. Includes 1 year CCTWS membership. Registration for the field trip is closed and will only be for the Great Plains Symposium morning classroom session.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(4) NON-MEMBER CONFERENCE & GREAT PLAINS SYMPOSIUM (Jan 30th) – $185. Includes 1 year CCTWS membership. Registration for the field trip is closed and will only be for the Great Plains Symposium morning classroom session.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(5) EXTRA BANQUET TICKET (Jan 31st)- $35. Banquet ticket comes with conference registration. This option is for an additional banquet ticket, which requires a separate PayPal transaction from registration options.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending



STUDENT/RETIRED MEMBER REGISTRATION OPTIONS

(1) STUDENT/RETIRED MEMBER CONFERENCE ONLY – $110


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(2) STUDENT/RETIRED MEMBER CONFERENCE & FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (Jan 29th) – $210


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(3) STUDENT/RETIRED MEMBER CONFERENCE & FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (Jan 29th) & GREAT PLAINS SYMPOSIUM (Jan 30th) – $210Registration for the field trip is closed and will only be for the Great Plains Symposium morning classroom session.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(4) STUDENT/RETIRED MEMBER CONFERENCE & GREAT PLAINS SYMPOSIUM (Jan 30th) – $110. Registration for the field trip is closed and will only be for the Great Plains Symposium morning classroom session.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending


(5) EXTRA BANQUET TICKET (Jan 31st)- $35. Banquet ticket comes with conference registration. This option is for an additional banquet ticket, which requires a separate PayPal transaction from registration options.


Meal Options
Affiliation/Institution
Name of Person Attending